Books Presentation Day at the Faculty of Arts


Join us for a double book presentation featuring: 

  • “When Left Moves Right: The Decline of the Left and the Rise of the Populist Right in Postcommunist Europe” by Maria Snegovaya
  • “Biopower in Putin’s Russia” by Andrey Makarychev and Sergei Medvedev.

🗓️ Date: April 17th

🕓 Schedule:

  • 16:00 Presentation of “Biopower in Putin’s Russia” 
  • 17:30 Refreshments & Coffee
  • 18:00 Presentation of “When Left Moves Right: The Decline of the Left and the Rise of the Populist Right in Postcommunist Europe” 

📍 Location: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, nám. Jana Palacha 1/2, room 200
 🗣  Language: English

Book “When Left Moves Right: The Decline of the Left and the Rise of the Populist Right in Postcommunist Europe”

Author: Maria Snegovaya

Exploring the electoral shifts in postcommunist Europe and the rise of right-wing populism through insightful analysis and empirical data, this book uncovers the roots of this phenomenon,  and offers policy recommendations about ways for the left-wing parties to go back to their original platforms and re-attract traditional electorates, therefore curtailing the rise of populism.

Maria Snegovaya (PhD, Columbia University) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CERES, a Senior Fellow with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a Fellow at the Illiberalism Studies Program at George Washington University. The key focus of her research is democratic backsliding and re-autocratization in postcommunist Europe and the tactics used by Russian actors and proxies who circulate disinformation to exploit these dynamics in the region. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with multiple U.S. research centers and think tanks. 

Book “Biopower in Putin’s Russia”

Authors: Andrey Makarychev, Sergei Medvedev

Delving into the intricate concept of biopower and its influence on Russian society from surveillance to propaganda, this book examines how the Russian state wields control over its citizens, using an increasing number of regulatory mechanisms to discipline and constrain the human body. You will gain crucial insights into the nature of biopolitics and the challenges facing Russian society today.

Sergei Medvedev is an affiliated professor at the Russian Studies – Boris Nemtsov Master’s Degree Program at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. Previously, from 2004 to 2020, he served as a professor at HSE University in Moscow. With degrees from Moscow State University and Columbia University in New York City, Medvedev boasts a rich academic background. He has held various research and academic positions in Russia, Germany, Italy, and Finland, contributing significantly to the field of political science. Among his notable achievements is the authorship of several acclaimed books, including the prize-winning “Return of the Russian Leviathan“.

Andrey Makarychev holds the position of Professor of Regional Political Studies at the University of Tartu Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies. His teaching portfolio includes courses on “Globalization”, “Political Systems in post-Soviet Space”, “Regional Integration in post-Soviet Space”, “Visual Politics”, and “The Essentials of Biopolitics”. An accomplished author, Makarychev has penned several impactful works, including “Popular Biopolitics and Populism at Europe’s Eastern Margins” (Brill, 2022).

All authors will be present to discuss their works personally. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with renowned experts and explore the complexities of contemporary European and Russian politics!